‘Take the deal’

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Even before President Obama took on the monumental job of repairing years of damage, his every move was scrutinized and dissected to pieces.

His latest challenge has been developing a universal healthcare plan which has undeniably been more of the same.

On Feb. 25, Republicans and Democrats took part in the healthcare summit which lasted a grueling seven hours.

Both parties gave compelling arguments, but the main concerns seemed to be the cost, the low quality of insurance and the potential for the government to “take over.”

Obama denounced these theories and held his position of supporting the new plan.

Number 1: As long as there is a public option, which will be part of the new plan, the cost will go down.

Number 2: Even if the quality of insurance is slightly diminished, which it shouldn’t be, some insurance is better than no insurance at all.

Number 3: It’s not all government run. The American people will still have the option of sticking with their current insurance provider.

These arguments are scare tactics being used by Republicans to make the public believe the new plan is the root of all that is unholy.

Yes, 85 percent of Americans currently have health insurance, and 80% percent are pleased, but what about the 15 percent who can’t afford insurance at all? Don’t they deserve to be just as happy?

The plan is clearly imperfect and will have to be tweaked a bit, but this is the next best thing. For goodness sake, the man is trying to help the less fortunate people of our nation.

Despite the negative opinion, most people agree that providing universal healthcare is a means to bettering our economy. Obama can’t please everyone, everywhere, all at the same time, but with this list of positives, he’ll come pretty close:

1. Your choice of doctors will be protected.

2. Insurance companies can’t drop your coverage if you get sick.

3. Dependents up to 26 years old can be covered on their parents’ policy.

4. You will have access to emergency care, in or out of network, with no additional cost.

5. Affordable insurance will be made available if you have been uninsured or
have been denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.

6. Small businesses will be eligible for tax credits so they can afford to provide insurance for employees.

These are just a few of the great things that the plan will do.

For years, some Americans have looked at Canada in envy because of their healthcare design and wished that the U.S. would adopt something similar. Here’s our version. It’s not perfect yet, but for now, it’s what will have to do.

Though healthcare is a hot topic issue in politics today, it is not the first time this issue has been up for discussion. In 1974 President Richard Nixon proposed a health plan.

He said, “Comprehensive health insurance is an idea whose time has come in America. There has long been a need to assure every American financial access to high quality health care. As medical costs go up, that need grows more pressing.”

Author: Joseph Warren

Joseph is a senior communication major from Humble, Texas, as well as the assistant sports editor. He took a year off from Cru soccer, but he is back with the team to play his final year. He is a big music lover who is always up for a good, live show.

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